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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03441 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 February 1787 Pagination: 5 p. ; 32.2 x 19.6 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03441 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 February 1787 Pagination: 5 p. ; 32.2 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Thanks him for his recent letters, and sends his compliments to Mr. and Mrs. [James] Swan. Asks him to tell Mr. Swan that his services are wanted in Boston. Provides information on the Legislature and the General Court; declares that everyone is in a state of anxiety as to whether particular counties will be declared in a State of Rebellion. Discusses the status of the Army's military stores and recruitment, as well as the status of the insurgents and General [Benjamin] Lincoln's troops. Fears that the loss of their son "will be too much" for Mr. and Mrs. [John] Hancock.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Swan, James, ca. 1754-1831
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralGovernment and CivicsRebellionMobs and RiotsShays' RebellionRailroadMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesDeathChildren and Family

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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